Supporting People who have been affected by Family Members who Abuse Substances

  • Are you the parent, sibling or carer of somebody who misuses substances or struggles with their mental health?
  • Do you have a loved one whose life has changed because of harmful drugs?
  • Do you feel lost or helpless when a family member abusers drugs?

Many people are affected by family members because they abuse substances. People who abuse substances experience of number of difficulties. However, the challenges that their family members (including carers) face is too often overlooked. There is very little support available to family members when the ones they love abuse harmful substances — whether this is illegal drugs, alcohol or other narcotics.

Equal Vision will be carrying out a project funded by Health Education England to understand how Peer Support Workers (PSW) can help people who are affected by family members that misuse substances. PSW are individuals with personal lived experience of substance misuse and mental health challenges. They have a shared experience and empathy, who can support people because they know what it’s like to be in their situation.

On behalf of Health Education England, Equal Vision will be holding two engagement days to look at the impact of substance misuse on families, and to understand their needs. Two engagement days will take place at a venue in central Liverpool on Friday 13th & Saturday 14th March, from 10:30-15:30. You can choose to attend either day. A hot lunchtime meal will be provided, and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

If you would like to attend or need further information contact: or message/call 07715 53 22 34